Derek is a late blooming English actor in his early 50s. He came to acting via fashion and commercial modelling, and some TV presenting work for the BBC. He was ‘UK and Ireland Spectacle Wearer of the year in 2016’. He has since been undertaking training with Belfast Talent.
Wasting no time in establishing himself as a mainstay of the Northern Ireland TV and Film Industry, he was cast in Game of Thrones (HBO), Death and Nightingales (BBC) and Soft Border Patrol (BBC NI) as well as the joint lead in Chaos Theory Theatre's production of "Dial L for Latch-Key" at The Accidental Theatre, Belfast.